The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded up to $13.6 million in multiyear funding for new clean energy projects on tribal lands in Alaska. Thirty-six Native American tribes and Alaskan villages have been selected to receive awards that will advance renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and conservation projects on tribal lands and rural Alaskan villages.
The DOE selected the projects through a competitive process and will provide financial assistance to the tribes for weatherization training, feasibility studies and development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The DOE funding is expected to be matched by up to $27 million in public and private investment, for a total value of up to $41 million.
Of the 36 Native American tribes and villages whose projects have been selected for negotiation, eight projects will provide weatherization training and resources to tribal members, 17 projects will focus on assessing the feasibility of renewable energy development and energy efficiency deployment on tribal lands, and 11 projects will fund the development of renewable energy resources and the deployment of energy efficiency measures on tribal lands and villages.
SOURCE: Department of Energy